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Bakken opponents implore President to take a stand
Des Moines, IA — Four leading opponents of the Bakken Pipeline sent a letter to President Obama today imploring him to insist that the Army Corps of Engineers conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on the Bakken Pipeline, which runs 1134 miles through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. The letter represents a collaborative effort among Ed Fallon, director of Bold Iowa, Jane Kleeb, president of Bold Alliance, Dallas Goldtooth, coordinator of Indigenous Environmental Network and Frank James, director of Dakota Rural Action.
The letter states, “Two critical items are missing from the Corps’ intended course of action: (1) Failure to properly consult with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe on the pipeline’s impacts; and (2) A comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that includes the pipeline’s impact on climate change.”
The letter’s four signatories feel that “the Corps is mandated to initiate consultation with tribes whose historic properties may be affected by the pipeline route. This includes consulting and coordinating with the aforementioned tribes on the identification of historic and tribal properties that may be adversely affected by pipeline construction and route.”
The signatories express their gratitude for the President’s “strong leadership on renewable energy, climate change and a range of pressing environmental concerns,” reminding him of how climate change played into his decision to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline. The letter concludes saying, “We are confident that your voice in this matter will further define your legacy as a President who acted with great foresight not just on the Keystone XL Pipeline but on the Bakken Pipeline as well.”
Bold Iowa is part of the newly-launched Bold Alliance, which grew out of Bold Nebraska’s successful fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. The Bold Alliance is building a coalition of “small and mighty” groups in rural states to fight Big Oil, protect landowners against the abuse of eminent domain, and work for clean energy solutions while building a political base of voters who care about the land and water. Besides Iowa, Bold efforts are underway in Louisiana and Oklahoma.